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Microsoft Releases Windows 11 Preview Build 22000.194 to Beta Channel

Microsoft today is releasing preview build 2200.194 to Insiders in the Beta Channel. Here’s a look at what you can expect.

Microsoft today is releasing Windows 11 preview Build 22000.194 to Insiders in the Beta Channel. This is not to be confused with build 22458 for the Dev Channel. This release follows build 22000.184 for the Beta Channel. There isn’t much in the way of new features with this release. It does come with news of App updates as well as under the hood improvements.

Windows 11 Preview Build 22000.194

When it comes to app updates, Microsoft is starting to rollout updates for several of the built-in apps on Windows 11. According to the Microsoft post:

We are beginning to rollout updates for several apps that come included as part of Windows 11 to Windows Insiders in the Beta Channel. Today’s rollout includes the following app updates: Snipping ToolCalculator, and Clock with Focus Sessions! Check for updates in the Store and try these apps out and let us know what you think!

Another first look from the team…#FocusSessions on #Windows11 coming soon. This has been a game-changer for me, especially with @Spotify integration #Productivity #Creativity #WindowsInsiders pic.twitter.com/HfJh4niDiS

And here is the list of fixes included in today’s Insider release:

  • Addressed an issue where if you enable then disable a contrast theme, it would lead to artifacts in title bars, in some cases making the minimize/maximize/close buttons hard to see and use.
  • Fixed a crash with certain connected devices that could result in not being able to use Bluetooth.
  • Mitigated an issue that was resulting in subtitles not appearing when expected in certain apps, particularly Japanese language subtitles.
  • Fixed an issue that was causing certain PCs to bugcheck during modern standby.
  • Mitigated an issue when typing with certain 3rd party IMEs into the search box in Settings that could result in the candidate window being rendered elsewhere on-screen (not attached to the search box) and/or characters inserted into the search box not displaying.
  • We fixed an issue that causes PowerShell to create an infinite number of child directories. This issue occurs when you use the PowerShell Move-Item command to move a directory to one of its children. As a result, the volume fills up and the system stops responding.
  • This build includes a change that aligns the enforcement of the Windows 11 system requirements on Virtual Machines (VMs) to be the same as it is for physical PCs. Previously created VMs running Insider Preview builds may not update to the latest preview builds. In Hyper-V, VMs need to be created as a Generation 2 VM. For more details on the Windows 11 system requirements – see this blog post here.

Remember Insider Builds are for Experienced Users

Windows 11 is still in the beta or “preview” stage. These builds are not meant for inexperienced users. They are also not meant to run on your primary production machine. Insider builds contain many known stability issues that can cause your system to become unstable or even crash.

This is the reason it’s only being offered to members of the Windows Insider Program. When the final build is ready for the public, it will be preinstalled on new PCs.  Then it will be available for users with eligible PCs in the first part of 2022.

If you want to check it out and start testing it now, read our article on how to download and install Windows 11. Or take a look at how to do a clean installation of Windows 11.

And more on this build’s full list of changes, known issues, and workarounds, make sure to read Microsoft’s full blog post.

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